Diary of Ferdinand E. Marcos

April 3, 1971



7:00 A.M.

April 3, 1971

Malacañan Palace



What is my central purpose in life?

I am President. I am the most powerful man in the Philippines. All that I have dreamt of I have. More accurately, I have all the material things I want in life –a wife who is loving and is a partner in the things I do, bright children who will carry my name, a life well lived –all.

But I feel a discontent.

Because I may not have done all that I can. Because I may have taken the easy and safer way out.

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